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Academic Catalog '14-'15 | Nursing: Second Degree B.S.N.

Nursing: Second Degree B.S.N.

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Program Description

For students who hold a baccalaureate degree from Trinity or another U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher learning, Trinity offers the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Upon admission to Trinity, second degree B.S.N. students enter the School of Nursing and Health Professions as nursing candidates. When nursing candidates are in their final semester of prerequisites, they submit an application for formal acceptance into the nursing program. The rigorous academic coursework in the nursing program lays the foundation for a progressive mastery of the knowledge, skills, values, ethics, and abilities required of a professional nurse. While taking nursing courses, students have numerous opportunities to experience firsthand the rewards of nursing in numerous closely supervised clinical settings. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to practice as licensed registered nurses.

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Trinity honors students’ first baccalaureate degree as having met the core curriculum (or general education) requirements. However, nursing candidates need to have successfully completed the courses listed below (or their equivalents at another U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher learning) with a minimum grade of "B-" (2.7) to be considered for formal acceptance into the Nursing Program. A nursing candidate's overall G.P.A. for these courses must be at least a 3.0. Any BIOL and CHEM course completed at another U.S. regionally accredited institution of higher learning must include a laboratory component in order to satisfy the prerequisite.

Nursing Candidate Prerequisite Courses (37 credits minimum)

  • BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
  • CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
  • HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
  • HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
  • MATH 108 Finite Mathematics
  • MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
  • PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
  • SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PHIL 251 Bioethics

Nursing Courses

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all nursing courses and must maintain at least a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5.  Any course that ends in a "C" or "L" has the numerically matching course as a co-requisite.

Nursing-Specific Didactic and Clinical Courses (47 credits)

  • NURS 215 Pharmacology
  • NURS 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
  • NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS 350 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
  • NURS 350C Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical
  • NURS 360 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS 360C Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical
  • NURS 361 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • NURS 361C Medical-Surgical Nursing II Clinical
  • NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health Care
  • NURS 420 Community and Public Health Nursing
  • NURS 420C Community and Public Health Clinical
  • NURS 460 Maternity and Newborn Nursing
  • NURS 460C Maternity and Newborn Nursing Clinical
  • NURS 461 Pediatric Nursing
  • NURS 461C Pediatric Clinical
  • NURS 480 Nursing of Older Adults
  • NURS 491 Senior Clinical Seminar
  • NURS 492 NCLEX Preparation

Additional Nursing Skills-Related Courses (12 credits)

  • NURS 117 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
  • NURS 117L Foundational Skills for Nursing Practice
  • NURS 262 Introduction to Health Assessment
  • NURS 362 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment
  • NURS 362L Comprehensive Health Assessment Skill Lab
  • NURS 417L Comprehensive Nursing Skills

Program Policies

I.   Acceptance into the Nursing Program

A.  Acceptance Criteria:

Nursing candidates' formal acceptance into the nursing program requires:

  1. Successful completion of ALL prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" (2.7) or higher
  2. Overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  3. Satisfactory score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (T.E.A.S.)

Second degree BSN students should direct any questions about the process for formal acceptance into the nursing program to the nursing program's academic advisor.

B.  Application Process for Acceptance:

  1. Students should apply early in their last semester of prerequisite coursework.
  2. Students should complete the on-campus writing sample in their last semester of prerequisite coursework.
  3. Students should take the T.E.A.S. within two years of applying to the nursing program.  Students may take the T.E.A.S. up to three times.
  4. Students will be notified by the nursing program of the results of their application when all criteria for considering the application have been received and evaluated.

Questions regarding the application process, acceptance criteria, or T.E.A.S. should be directed to the nursing program office (202.885.9670).

II.    Health Requirements*

  • Current physical examination
  • Current immunizations
    • Tetanus/diptheria (TD booster within 10 years)
    • MMR - (two vaccines or a positive titer)
    • Varicella - (Chicken pox) - (two vaccines or a positive titer)
    • Hepatitis (series of 3 vaccines given with a 6 month period.  All 3 vaccines must be completed before students can participate in the clinical portion of the program.)
    • PPD (Tuberculosis skin test given within the last 6 months with followup chest X-ray if the skin test result is positive.  A new skin TB test must be completed annually once a student is accepted into the nursing program.)
    • Influenza (Annual)
  • Current major medical health insurance

*NOTE: No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences unless and until these health requirements have been satisfied.

III.    Other Requirements

  • Satisfactory results of a criminal background check, including all aliases and nationwide sexual offenders index with a set of fingerprints.  (The criminal background check is at the students’ expense and must be completed prior to the start of the clinical portion of the nursing program.)
  • Negative results on a drug screening test. (The drug screening test is at the students’ expense and must be completed prior to the start of the clinical portion of the nursing program.)
  • BLS/CPR certification for the Health Care Provider
  • Clinical agencies may have additional health or safety requirements that students are required to meet prior to receiving access to the clinical placement site

NOTE:  No student will be allowed to participate in clinical experiences unless and until these other requirements have been satisfied.

IV.    Transfer Policy

Students transferring to Trinity after Fall 2002 from another appropriately accredited institution of higher learning for a bachelor’s degree must earn a minimum of 45 of their final 60 credits through course work at Trinity, excluding credits for experiential learning.

V.    Grades in Major Courses

Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major and must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5.

VI.    Pass/No Pass

The pass/no pass grading option is not accepted in courses to be applied for the major.

VII.    Transportation

Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites. Trinity’s free shuttle service connects the Main campus with the Brookland Metro station.

Accreditation

Trinity’s B.S.N. program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (C.C.N.E.) and has conditional approval from the District of Columbia Board of Nursing (D.C.B.O.N.).

Last On-Site Evaluation: Spring 2012.

Course Descriptions

NOTE: Nursing candidates must be formally accepted into the nursing program before taking any course designated as a NURS course.

BIOL 121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 130 Microbiology for the Health Professions
CHEM 113 Chemistry for the Health Sciences
HPNU 200 Nutrition, Diet Therapy, and Health Promotion
HPNU 210 Pathophysiology
MATH 108 Finite Mathematics
MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
NURS 117 Foundations for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 117L Foundational Skills for Nursing Practice
NURS 215 Pharmacology
NURS 220 Health Promotion, Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care
NURS 262 Introduction to Health Assessment
NURS 330 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
NURS 350 Medical-Surgical Nursing I
NURS 350C Medical-Surgical Nursing I Clinical
NURS 360 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
NURS 360C Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical
NURS 361 Medical-Surgical Nursing II
NURS 361C Medical-Surgical Nursing II Clinical
NURS 362 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment
NURS 362L Comprehensive Health Assessment Skill Lab
NURS 410 Leadership and Management of Health Care
NURS 417L Comprehensive Nursing Skills
NURS 420 Community and Public Health Nursing
NURS 420C Community and Public Health Clinical
NURS 460 Maternity and Newborn Nursing
NURS 460C Maternity and Newborn Nursing Clinical
NURS 461 Pediatric Nursing
NURS 461C Pediatric Clinical
NURS 480 Nursing of Older Adults
NURS 491 Senior Clinical Seminar
NURS 492 NCLEX Preparation
PHIL 251 Bioethics
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
SOCY 100 Introduction to Sociology


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